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Sam Mensah – Global Fashion Mogul

Sam Mensah – Global Fashion Mogul

An entrepreneur who left his career in investment and private banking, Sam Mensah has gone on to create Kisua.com – an international e-tailer of contemporary African fashions and accessories for women. He shares his journey as a businessman following a passion and lessons learned as a leader taking an African brand global: “It’s one thing to have an ‘a-ha’ moment, but it’s quite another thing to give up the comfort of a good job.” His advice: get comfortable with the possibility of failure.

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Sam Mensah - Global Fashion Mogul

Sam Mensah - Global Fashion Mogul

An entrepreneur who left his career in investment and private banking, Sam Mensah has gone on to create Kisua.com - an international e-tailer of contemporary African fashions and accessories for women. He shares his journey as a businessman following a passion and lessons learned as a leader taking an African brand global: "It's one thing to have an 'a-ha' moment, but it's quite another thing to give up the comfort of a good job." His advice: get comfortable with the possibility of failure.

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Academic activist authors anti-corruption book for children

Academic activist authors anti-corruption book for children

A Liberian academic, activist and author with a transnational mindset, Robtel claims that she “exists and thrives on three continents simultaneously.” She shares her story about growing up in Washington D.C. and a project to raise awareness among children about the scourge of corruption on the African continent.

In this interview, she explains how corruption awareness needs to be taught early:

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Nominations for 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellowships close 15 December 2014

Nominations for 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellowships close 15 December 2014

The selection process for the 2015 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowships has commenced. The process is underway to identify the “movers and shakers” in the age range 25-39 across the continent who have demonstrated they have the potential to become the future leaders of Africa in government, business and civil society.

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Mandela, the Unifier

Mandela, the Unifier

“Madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. A unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us extraordinarily practical lessons about forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation.” The day he awarded South Africa’s national rugby team with the World Cup trophy wearing a Springbok jersey with the captain’s number on it was “…worth more than all the sermons we could preach about reconciliation.”

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James Mwangi - 2009 Tutu Fellow (Kenya)

James Mwangi is a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors and the Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world.  James founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa, beginning with the Johannesburg office in 2007, Nairobi in 2008, and Dakar in 2009, and served as Global Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014.

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Aidan Eyakuze - 2006 Tutu Fellow (Tanzania)

Aidan Eyakuze - 2006 Tutu Fellow (Tanzania)

Aidan Eyakuze, an economist, is a founding director of Serengeti Advisers Limited, a Tanzania-based regional advisory firm in economic and public policy, corporate finance and media analysis. He nurtures a keen intellectual and professional interest in economic policy, financial markets and emerging trends in information and communications technologies and their impact on society. He is also the Associate Regional Director of the Society for International Development (SID).

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Dr Cephas Chikanda - 2009 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Dr Cephas Chikanda - 2009 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

A dedicated medical doctor, Cephas Chikanda has served in various capacities in both private and public sector organisations, and has worked extensively in the area of HIV/AIDS and development, human rights and health.

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This is what a farmer should look like

This is what a farmer should look like

2015 Tutu Fellow Mosunmola Cynthia Umora told her TEDx audience Ife, Nigeria about how she was broke, in debt and being called a failure as a startup farmer and entrepreneur.  Her advice: "Identify that reason, that purpose for which you have been created, and stick with it."  It is the only thing that will get you through those periods when the road is tough. 

She is a distinct type of farmer. For her, agriculture is a mainstay of the Nigerian economy and yet there is so little regard paid to it. Cynthia founded a company engaged in farming, food production, processing and distribution right out of college. The company has its flagship retail outlet under the Farmshoppe , a retail brand for freshly processed, organic farm produce.

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Isaac Fokuo - 2014 Tutu Fellow (Ghana)

Isaac Fokuo - 2014 Tutu Fellow (Ghana)

Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr is CEO of the African Leadership Network and the Co--Founder of the Sino--Africa Center of Excellence, an initiative focused on the exchange of ideas and experiences between China and Africa.



 

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Chetan Jeeva - 2014 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Chetan Jeeva - 2014 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Chetan Jeeva joined Investec in 2006 as a deal maker in the Structured and Leveraged Finance team responsible for originating and executing large leveraged and structured finance transactions primarily in South Africa. He has been involved in a number of landmark transactions in the SA Private Equity space. Prior to this, Chetan spent a year in Private Equity with RMB Corvest / Safika Investments and in development finance at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa for a period of five years. Chetan completed his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Tariro Makadzange - 2007 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Tariro Makadzange - 2007 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Dr Tariro Makadzange is an infectious disease physician scientist. Her research training and career have focused on infectious diseases (primarily HIV infection and related opportunistic infections). Her current work focuses on understanding the immune correlates of HIV disease progression in perinatally infected children and adolescents, as well as the immunopathogenesis of cryptococcal disease in HIV infected adults.

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Sam Mensah - 2014 Tutu Fellow (Ghana)

Sam Mensah - 2014 Tutu Fellow (Ghana)

Samuel Mensah founded and runs KISUA.com, an e-commerce platform selling exclusive contemporary African fashions globally. The site features beautiful, limited-run pieces alongside an online magazine brimming with original stories about African style, music, art and culture.  Prior to founding KISUA, Samuel Mensah was Africa Director for Intel Capital (the investment arm of Intel, the computer chip maker), making investments in innovative African technology companies and start-ups.

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Paul Kapelus - 2008 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Paul Kapelus - 2008 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Paul Kapelus has a 23-year career in the field of business and society. His focus has been in the natural resources sectors, working with mining, oil, gas, agriculture and forestry. Paul’s work has focused on how companies intersect with development and the strategies that need to be considered, designed and implemented. He has experience in partnership design and implementation, conflict resolution, bankable feasibility studies, social and human rights assessments, sustainability reporting and assurance, design of management systems, stakeholder engagement strategies and plans, design and management of trusts and foundations, training, coaching, and recruitment.

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Mucha Mkanganwi - 2011 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Mucha Mkanganwi - 2011 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Mucha Mkanganwi is the founder and CEO of Pulse Pharmaceuticals.  Previously, he was Group CEO of CAPS Holdings Limited, having risen through the ranks over a seven-year period during which he held several different positions spanning financial, operational and business development responsibilities. CAPS Holdings Limited is the largest listed pharmaceutical company in Zimbabwe.

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